Writing and Q&A on Contemporary Buddhism
by Bhikkhu Pesala, Mahasi Sayadaw, Bhikkhu Bodhi, Ayya (Ma) Medhanandi, Sayadaw U Silananda
Size: 5.5” X 8.3”
Pages: 129 pages
In Buddhism, weddings totally secular affairs, so we, monks, do not officiate at the wedding ceremonies…. But people want to have a religions flavor in whatever they do including marriage. Before the marriage or sometimes after the marriage, they will invite monks to bless the couple and then they offer food and other requisites to the monks. That is a kind of recognition by the religious elders of the wedding. At such ceremonies, monks give a talk and words of advice to the newly wed couple….
- About Wedding by Sayadaw U Silananda
During these days of practice together, we’ve been reading the names of many people – our departed loved ones, and also relatives, family members, friends, who are suffering untold agony and hardship at this time. There is so much misery all around us. How do we accept it all? We’ve heard of suicides, cancer, aneurysms, motor neurons disease plucking the life out of so many young and vibrant people. And old age, sickness, decay, and death snuffing the life out of many elderly people who still have a lot of living that they want to do. Why does this happen?.....
- The Joy Hidden in Sorrow by Ayya (Ma) Medhanandi
The arrival of a new century is always a time of great ferment and great expectation, and when the new century also marks the dawn of a new millennium our expectations are likely to be especially intense. An inherent optimism makes us think that the new is always bound to be better than the old, that the arrival of the next year or century will inevitably bring our wildest dreams to fulfillment. Unfortunately, however, life is not so simple that the mere ticking of the clock and a change of calendars are enough to undo the knots with which we have tied ourselves up by our rash decisions and ill-considered actions through all the preceding months, years, and decades…
- Writings on Buddhist Social Ethic for the New Century, Buddhist Approach to Economic and Social Development, the Changing Face of Buddhism and Sangha at the Cross Road by Bhikkhu Bodhi.
A wise person should study the Buddha’s teaching carefully before coming to any firm conclusions. Since we alone are responsible for our own actions, we should decide for ourselves what is right and wrong, after carefully considering the advice of respected teachers and religious leaders….
- Questions & Answers on the Problems of Life by Mahasi Sayadaw and Ethical Dilemmas by Bhikkhu Pesala.
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